Should the summer holidays be shorter?

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THE NUT passed a resolution opposed to shortening the school summer holiday at its annual conference this week following proposals by one local council to introduce a five-term school year, which led to teachers in that area staging a one-day walkout.

While the council in question believes the move from a six week break to a four week break in the summer will boost attainment and attendance, the NUT members believe that the suggestions would have a major effect on their workload and ultimately, their health.

They also believe that as well as being detrimental to the teachers, the suggestions are also detrimental to the children’s right to play outside of school time.


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